* Posts by TheNotSoEvilEngineer

13 posts • joined 22 Oct 2016

Owl in a day's work: Commvault picks up software-defined type Hedvig for $225m

TheNotSoEvilEngineer

Backup is crowded...and getting simple. Being expensive and complex is a death kneel.

Better faster easier is the new mantra for backup. Commvault like EMC (networker / avmar / iDPA ) are still a chore and a half to setup. A Cohesity / rubrik take about an hour to install and setup by comparision. There is no other hardware that is needed, no vms to manage, just turn on the appliance and login to the IP to manage, thats it. Want to add storage or performance, add a node... done. Commvault is trying like mad to meet this model with hyperscale, but its a bit late to the game and still EXPENSIVE. Backup should not cost more than primary storage...

DDN wheels out big chungus of a storage box, the disgustingly scalable EXA5

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Sadly...

The number of customers willing to touch Lustre or GPFS (I don't care if IBM renamed it), is still abysmally low. You have only a few super deep accounts that run this gear that keep Lustre and GPFS viable to be maintained. Storage in recent times has become stupidly easy on the enterprise side of the house(Pure / Nimble), and the performance has gone through the roof. As a consequence they are going into other areas of the data center like HPC, and It's squeezing out lower end HPC environments that still required dedicated staff and gear to maintain. DDN needs some serious front end developers to wrapper their gear, as it's still a science experiement getting even their pre-engineered and packaged gear working. Last Exagrid I did took 3 days with me and DDN onsite to get running. Verses a Pure Flashblade that was out of the box, racked, configured, and presenting NFS for an HPC workload in about an hour.

GitHub builds wall round private repos, makes devs in US-sanctioned countries pay for it

TheNotSoEvilEngineer

Re: What did anyone expect?

It's microsoft... logic need not apply.

TheNotSoEvilEngineer

What did anyone expect?

Microsoft bought GitHub.... did anyone NOT think they were going to try an monitize something they paid $7.5 B for?

Main people that are going to suffer are outsourced "developers" who do nothing but copy and paste from GitHub.

Another disappointing quarter for Pure Storage as expanded sales team fails to close large deals

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Problem is, once its in, I don't make any more sales.

Once a Pure storage is installed, I basically never make a storage sale to that account again. Back in the Day's of Clariion / VNX / VMAX, storage adds, performance upgrade, and forklift upgrades were super common and an easy bread and butter item. Now, with SSDs, dedupe and compression, and evergreen.... once I sell pure into an account, aside from hoping I don't get cut out of a service renwal, thats it for revenue from storage in that account. Customers are happy, so thats good, but theres no churn for new gear. So, from Pure's side, they are going to need a constant supply of new accounts and reps courting them to make new array sales. Aside from that, they'll only have the revenue from renewed service agreements for their bottom line.

Big Purple Hat is on as IBM closes acquisition of enterprise Linux firm

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Abandon Ship...

Anyone thats done work on RHEL or Centos is now scrambling to get off of them. No one wants their OS held hostage by IBM.

Worse yet, Linus Torvalds seems to be going off the deepend all together, so ANY *nix platform might not be a safebet going forward.

You know what's besides the XPoint, Intel? Somebody else's storage-class memory – SK Hynix

TheNotSoEvilEngineer

Hmm... Chinese fabber...

What, only like a 99% chance they stole the IP and it will be substandard quality manufacturing?

Meet TPU 3.0: Google teases world with latest math coprocessor for AI

TheNotSoEvilEngineer

One of the reasons i'm considering google cloud platform

Going to have to run a side by side analysis of this, but the TPU looks very interesting for running training workloads against.

Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week

TheNotSoEvilEngineer

The Mozilla firefox of old is dead...

Use Brave instead.

Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

TheNotSoEvilEngineer

Not a flaw... its a feature

The ME was developed by Intel in conjunction with the intelligence agencies. There have been plenty of intel Anon's who've complained about this over the past few years. How you have to have security clearance even to work in the ME group. How you can't disable the ME and it's always on providing access well beyond what it should. The ME was designed to give these agencies a backdoor into every server that carries an Intel chip... it's not a mistake that these backdoors exist, they were designed that way.

Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

TheNotSoEvilEngineer

I'm not too worried about corporate networks.

Whats the worst that could happen? Equifax already released all of the US consumer credit information.

Corporate networks will get patched, the home users and their easy to exploit IoT devices are what I worry about. An attack vector to infect any one of a dozen IoT devices could sit on a home network and carry out this exploit and start gathering data on a home user's tablets, and smartphones.

Judge nailed for trying to bribe Fed with fizzy water (aka Bud Light)

TheNotSoEvilEngineer

The most over blown reaction to:

Hey, wanna beer?

DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

TheNotSoEvilEngineer

How to solve most hacking / botnet issues for the civilized world.

Cut the cables to China and Russia... 90% problems solved. Let them have an internet to themselves but keep them out of Europe and NA.

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